get it freaking on.come on...now that the holidays have slooowed a bit...help a brotha out. check this conversation out, hit the comments and let's fly with it.
let me know what would be good to discuss and talk about in this leadership community. your thoughts are key to what we do. impress me with your amazing insight and bright ideas. let me know what you want to talk about in ohhh9.
whether you are a fellow pastor or staff person or an attender at NH or elsewhere...what can we talk about? this blog is equal opportunity for all.
and by the way...may I be the first to wish you a: HAPPY NEW YEAR! here is my toast to you:
keep kicking butt and taking the Kingdom by storm as we work together to see the great commission fulfilled RIGHT WHERE YOU ARE CALLED TO BE. stop making excuses...let's rock this thing. WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO IN 2009 and BEYOND? Don't pansy out after a few weeks. DISCIPLINE YOURSELF.
whether your church is small or big, rural or city, well resourced or poor, encouraged or discouraged, traditional or contemporary, ugly or pretty, you get the picture. whether you are a Christian with little experience, lot's of experience, fired-up or ready to give up, scared to take the next steps or taking big strides. DON'T GIVE IN! THE BEST IS YET TO COME.
please...the KINGDOM is counting on us all whether you have a blog, website, big church, small church, no church (like me in a couple months), whether we are well known or unknown, liked or disliked, hip or backwards, new believer or seasoned, manager or worker, healthy or sick, moving up or trying to dig out...
come on...keep the fire burning, keep your Spirit hot, screaming and teachable. most of us are just ONE big prayer and/or idea away from major break-through (and I don't just mean in your attendance or in your "blessing" in life.) DO IT. STEP OUT. ROCK IT. if He has called you to it...He will see you through it. (cheesy, but flipping true).
hang in there. we are all in this battle together. let's watch each others backs as we: "FORGET WHAT IS BEHIND AND PUSH ON TOWARD THE HIGH CALL OF GOD in CHRIST JESUS...cause we are not battling FLESH AND BLOOD." (--Paul in the epistles.) sometimes we win, sometimes we lose...sometimes we get beat up, sometimes we kick some tail.
and by the way...don't worry, it's not YOUR battle...it's not your church, it's not your family, it's not your job, it's not your checkbook...but for whatever crazy reason, we were called to be a part of the battle, part of the story, part of the GREAT REDEMPTIVE DRAMA...yep, you and me and those we serve, those at the cubical next to us, those at the desk beside us in school, those who live across the street that we need to go start a relationship with. we aren't just puppets held up by the great puppeteer. GET IT! sorry if your theology was offended. or not really. OUR PURPOSE IN LIFE IS WAY MORE THAN A BEST-SELLING BOOK.
it's been a wild few months for me and our CHURCH (and i bet the same for you, come on...) and I tell you this: Whether or not it is me at the healm...that is NO MATTER...it's not about me, it's not about you. it's all about HIM. this is HIS church, HIS mission, HIS future. HIS story of redemption and grace. He has something perfect for New Hope, for US, and for YOU...RIGHT WHERE HE HAS CALLED YOU TO BE! It looks a little like this:
WE SEE THAT HE HAS BEEN A PART OF OUR PAST...WE SEEK HIM EARNESTLY IN THE PRESENT...BUT DO WE REALLY BELIEVE HE IS ALREADY STANDING IN OUR FUTURES? He's just standing there waiting on US.
so...whether you are a Pastor, lay worker, attender, or not even convinced about this whole Christianity thing...get on it...HE WANTS TO USE YOU. how freaking cool is that?
dang it...let's stick with it. eternities are counting on it! get your knees dirty and get it on!!
who's with me?
THE STICKS regionals website is up and running...you won't want to miss this gathering. have a few tweaks and videos to add...but ready to reserve your spot for ohhhhhhhhhNINE!
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